Global Encounters and Contemporary Realities - HIST1011 (S1)
This introductory course leads to a set of topics that address key issues relevant to the contemporary world:
- The massive economic and political influence of the United States,
- The contemporary environmental crisis
- The gap between rich and poor regions of the world
- The emergence of syncretic cultural forms
- The rise of China and radical Islam.
The course focuses on broader historical transnational flows and networks and offers a detailed case study on the rise of the United States during the twentieth century. Students are able to choose between two different case-study based courses both linked coherently to the introductory course.
Global Encounters and Contemporary Realities - HIST1012 (S2)
This course offers more detailed case studies on the history of China and the Middle East. It begins by comparing China, Europe and other regions of the world in the 1300s and 1400s.
The course deals with dramatic events of the twentieth century:
- The great civil war between the nationalists and communists
- The communist revolution
- The Cultural Revolution
- The pragmatic rapprochement with the United States and the ‘liberalisation’ of the 1980s
- The manifestation of market communism, which characterises China today.
Global Encounters and Contemporary Realities - HIST1013 (S2)
Following the introductory course (HIST1011A Global Encounters A) this course includes case studies of Africa and Latin America. Through a variety of case-studies, this section will then analyse how imported items and cultural forms (music styles, clothes, movies) were received, debated and ‘localised’ in different African regions during the colonial and postcolonial periods.
Social History of Technology - HIST1010 (S2)
This course is only offered in Semester 2, and would likely clash with other courses taken, unless A Diagonal is the "Free" Diagonal
History of Sub-Saharan Africa II (HIST2003)
This course focuses on many essential topics in the history of Sub-Saharan Africa. The course explores the impact of cross-cultrual exchange on the formation and re-formation of African political and economic institutions. The course also explores:
- Africa on the eve of colonial occupation
- Patterns of colonisation (especially British & French)
- Colonial initiatives and African responses
- The construction of ethnicity
- The impact of Christian education,
- The formation of African elites
- The involvement of African townswomen in the anti-colonial struggles, liberation movements and the struggle for independence in Southern Africa
History of the United States - HIST2004A (S1)
This course is a survey of American history from the Revolution to the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Particular attention is given to:
- The evolution of the American political system
- The sectional conflict over slavery
- The growth of capitalist production and the rise of big business, labour unions and a powerful federal government
- Immigration, urbanisation and suburbanisation
- The civil rights struggles of blacks and women
- The emergence of the United States as a world power
South Africa before 1880 - HIST2005A (S2)
This course covers South African history from the earliest times and including the mineral revolution of the 1870s. Topics covered include:
- The origins ofSouth African populations (San, Khoi, early and late Iron Age societies)
- The beginning of the European settlement
- The introduction of slaves
- The creation of a racially exclusive political order in the colonial Cape
- The rise of larger African States beyond the borders of the Cape
- War in the interior
- The “Great Trek” of the 1830s
- The intense cultural struggle triggered by heightened mission activity
- The mineral revolution of the late 1860s and 1870s
Race, Class and Nation in Modern South Africa - HIST2007A
This course investigates how the history of modern South Africa has been constructed. It explores the origins of apartheid, the processes of urbanisation, political resistance and the formation of race, class and national and ethnic identity.
History of Sex - HIST2008A (S2)
This course introduces students to a history of sex, sexuality and gender from the distant past to the present. This course is designed to present students with a broad survey that examines the constructions of sex, sexuality and gender particularly over the last century.
History of the African City - HIST3003A (S2)
This course surveys the key features of urban centres in precolonial ancient Africa. The course also focuses on Eastern Africa and its colonial policies versus African urban realities: specifically, it examines British views of Africans as essentially ‘rural’ and colonial initiatives targeting the unemployed and underemployed urban poor. it considers the key continuities in the postcolonial period, it contrasts these approaches and policies with the actual African urban cultures emerging in major cities and minor towns between the early 1900s and the post-World War II period. The course further focuses on the salient challenges facing African cities in a globalised world and people’s responses thereto. The course also engages with the history and politics of South African cities, particularly on the Witwatersrand.
The Making of Modern South Africa IIIA - HIST3008A (S2-B3)
This course examines the crucial economic, demographic and political forces that have shaped modern South Africa since the mining revolution of the late 19th century. Particular attention is given to the history of ordinary people
The Making of Modern South Africa IIIB - HIST3009A (S2-B4)
This course continues the exploration of key themes in modern South African history from the 1940s onwards. The course examines:
- The policy of segregation and the making of apartheid
- Urbanisation and the creation of urban culture
- Political resistance, including rural uprisings, trade unions and formal parties
- High apartheid
- The 1976 uprising and the crisis of apartheid
This course further examines the diverse ways in which that history has been constructed and represented.
Theory and Practice III - HIST3010A
This course considers the nature of history as an academic discipline with the exploration of an area of special interest. Students cover a range of topics on the theory and practice of history. These perspectives also inform an individually supervised research project on a topic in South African, African, European, British or American history that each student undertakes as part of the course.
History of Sub-Saharan Africa II - HIST3011 (2003)
This course focuses on many essential topics in the history of Sub-Saharan Africa. The course explores the impact of cross-cultrual exchange on the formation and re-formation of African political and economic institutions.
The course also explores:
- Africa on the eve of colonial occupation, patterns of colonisation (especially British & French)
- Colonial initiatives and African responses
Southern/Eastern Africa and the Indian Ocean World - HIST3016A (S1-B1)
Using a combination of thematic and chronological approaches, this course focuses on the key networks of interaction and circulation of people, goods and ideas across the western Indian Ocean (in the Arabian or “Afrasian” Sea) before and after the steam age (early 19th century). The course presents a survey of the historiography of the Indian Ocean.
Latin America and the Caribbean: From Conquest to Independence and Beyond - HIST3017A (S1-B2)
This course surveys the colonial, nationalist and post-colonial history of Latin America and the Caribbean from 1492 to the present. It focuses on the colonial foundations of Latin America and explores the impact of colonial domination on indigenous populations in Spanish America and Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic as well as Portuguese America (Brazil).
The course traces the origins of Latin American wars of independence in the early 19th century and the meaning of independence to Latin American societies. The course further examines the evolution of military dictatorships in most of Latin America in the 20th century and their consequences and a return to electoral multiparty democracies.
The course also focuses on US-Latin America relations in the 19th and 20th centuries and how Latin American countries have responded to the US’s pursuit of geopolitical and regional dominance.
Students discuss the significance of Latin America in the era of South-South cooperation as a counter point to Western hegemony.